By Emily Wofford
LAS VEGAS (June 27, 2018) – Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada held its annual Camp Independent Firefly at YMCA Camp Whittle in Fawnskin, California (Big Bear) Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, June 15. The annual medically-supervised, outdoor event hosted 115 children coping with cancer so that, despite their health concerns, they can participate in this childhood summertime rite of passage.
Camp Independent Firefly offers critically ill children and their siblings fun-filled activities including horseback riding, high and low ropes, zip lining, rock climbing, archery, gaga ball, arts and crafts, swimming, music, yoga, obstacle courses, campfires, lip sync battles and more. Camp is a time for children affected by cancer to forget about hospitals and sickness and enjoy being children.
Children attending Camp Independent Firefly are given a cost-free camp experience thanks to donations from community leaders and philanthropic partners, individuals and other supporters.
Commemorating 40 years of service to the community in 2018, Candlelighters is Southern Nevada’s first and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local pediatric cancer patients. For additional information, please call 702.737.1919, visit candlelightersnv.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Candlelighters on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram at @candlelightersnv.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is the first and oldest nonprofit organization in Nevada serving children, from birth to 21 years old, and families coping with childhood cancer. Its mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Since its establishment in 1978, Candlelighters has helped thousands of families, and now serves 200 families each month and as many as 600 children (diagnosed child and sibling combined) per year. For information, visit candlelightersnv.org.